I became interested in the Coalition a few years ago when I met fellow masters swimmer Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director, in the locker room. After swim practice, she would often talk about the work the Coalition is dong, and I realized that this is an organization that I would like to support and get involved in. My husband Gerd and I started out by making a small monthly contribution by automatic withdrawal from our checking account, and we have since found that it doesn’t hurt at all to increase that contribution. We also made a one-time donation for the wildlife linkages project and the Coalition’s vital work to protect open spaces when a generous donor offered matching funds. Not only have we appreciated the opportunity to financially support an organization that we have grown passionate about, but we are also finding more and more ways to volunteer our time for the work of the Coalition. I recently spent a morning with other volunteers, led by Hannah Stitzer, preparing an important mailing. I enjoyed meeting others while working on this mailing. My husband and I have volunteered to help out at the Film Festival at the Loft this month. We look forward to helping out in other projects when we can.
In the 15 years that Gerd and I have lived in Tucson, we have come to love and appreciate our beautiful desert environment. As residents of the Tanque Verde Valley area, we consider it a privilege to see bobcats, deer, javelinas, jackrabbits and other bunnies, and even rattlesnakes and other creatures in our neighborhood. We have come to learn of the importance of wildlife linkages to maintain biodiversity and thriving populations. A big THANK YOU for all the work the Coalition is doing!
Originally published in the Friends of the Desert Newsletter – Issue 48 – in Summer 2015.